Morality: Serving on Sunday

"The defendant is sentenced to serve one year of Sunday church services." This, in effect, is the improbable verdict frequently handed down in a Miami court, where, for the past 18 months, Metropolitan Court Judge Thomas E. Lee has presented guilty teen-age speeders and pot smokers with the alternatives of a fine, a jail term—or a year of church services. Of the 125 teen-agers offered the choice of sermons or sentences, nearly all have decided to serve a stretch in the pews.

A deacon of Miami's First Presbyterian Church, Lee stoutly insists that there is no better rehabilitation than a...